IKEA and Little Sun bring solar power to light at home and hand
How can we make solar energy more visible and tangible in everyday life? It’s one of the questions IKEA and Little Sun set out to answer in developing SAMMANLÄNKAD, two LED lamps powered by solar energy in more ways than one. We spoke to designer Philipp Käfer and engineer Philip Holm to learn how it manifests in the eye-catching SAMMANLÄNKAD table lamp.
What are you curious about?
I want to create things that people will still value in 50 years.
Innovation and technology
IKEA explores multifunctional furniture to push limits of small space
More than half of the world’s population live in urban areas today – a share expected to grow to two thirds by 2050. For many people living in big cities, the space they can fully make their own is limited. IKEA is exploring different solutions to help people make the most of their space at home, with a range of multifunctional furniture being one of them. We spoke to Yasushi Kusume and Mauricio Affonso about what small space living looks like today and how a range of multifunctional furniture from IKEA might help make it bigger.
Healthy and sustainable living
Creating innovative water recycling showers for the future
In the next three years, nearly two-thirds of the world's population may end up facing water shortage. With 10 per cent of global water consumption happening at home, IKEA has decided to explore and innovate around water-saving solutions. One of the innovations is a water recycling shower that enables water reuse. IKEA product development engineer Antony Smith takes us through his journey of creating this innovative shower and his learnings along the way.
Materials and sourcing
How a new bio-based glue can help IKEA reduce the climate footprint
IKEA uses wood more than any other material, and most of the wood used is composite that is kept together by glue which like all materials have an impact on climate change. IKEA is now introducing a new bio-based glue that can help reduce the climate footprint. We talked to Venla Hemmilä and Andreas Rangel Ahrens about innovation and sustainability ambitions.
- Healthy and sustainable livingHealthy and sustainable living
- Materials and sourcingMaterials and sourcing
- Climate positiveClimate positive
- Fair and equalFair and equal
- Social entrepreneurshipSocial entrepreneurship